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In February 2014, the U.S. economy added 175,000 new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but of those new hires, how many people signed on for their dream jobs? Probably not many. But some people are landing jobs that inspire, challenge, and excite them, and in a piece for Business 2 Community, writer Antjke Derks offers some helpful tips for finding your dream job. Scroll down to read his words of wisdom.

Ask Yourself, “Why Am I Leaving?” — Sometimes, that grass-is-always-greener mentality causes us to leave jobs we’d do better to keep. As Derks explains, a better decision than jumping ship might be to improve the situation at your current place of employment. “If you get on with your boss, why not schedule a meeting to see if you can re-define your goals and perhaps get involved in a new project or work more closely with a different department,” he writes.

Think Long and Hard — If you decide to leave that job, sit down and really think about where you’d like to land. And don’t just focus on the short term; where do you see yourself in a decade?

Search With Specificity — Once you have a sense of the kind of job you want, tailor your searching in such a way that you’re likely to find opportunities suited to your interests. “It is a good idea to draw up a list of the companies you would like to work for and the types of roles they have available that would suit your skill set,” Derks writes.

Update Your Resume and Social Profiles — This goes without saying, but sign into LinkedIn and make sure your info is up to date. Also, dust off that CV you used to land your last job and give it some sprucing-up.

Get Your Resume on Job Boards — The Internet is loaded with job boards, and your resume should be on ’em. You need to be “out there,” as Derks says, or you may never get out of your house and into a new workplace.

Don’t Send Blanket Applications — When you apply for a job, don’t send a boilerplate cover letter, and don’t simply email the version of your resume you’ve sent to everyone else. “It is really important to tailor your CV and covering letter to the job you are applying for,” Derks writes. “You need to analyse the job description and include key points in your covering letter.”

Mind Your Spelling and Grammar — Would you want to hire someone who doesn’t know how to use spellcheck? Enough said.

Get Feedback — Even if you’re supremely smart and well qualified, there’s a good chance you’ll strike out a few times before scoring an offer. When you go on interviews that don’t lead to jobs, ask the hiring managers to give you feedback. They might provide some valuable tips you can use next time out.

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